December 5, 2011

Neil McCarthy

Neil McCarthy is an Irish poet flirting with Vienna and Los Angeles. He has read in universities, embassies and kitchens all over the world, sold books and bartered them for bacon sandwiches and couches to sleep on. He has performed at the Prague Fringe Festival three times with The Voice & The Verse and can be found here:

November 7, 2011

Gail Whitmore

The Human Jukebox was scheduled as part of the Alchemy Prague Readings and Performance Series, but didn't happen for technical reasons, so we had an open-mic and hope to welcome Gail sometimes soon.

After training in and performing opera for fifteen years in her hometown of NYC, Gail Whitmore moved to Prague and became the Human Jukebox. Gail knows a lot of songs...a lot. So she jotted down 2,000 of them in a veritable cornucopia of genres - rock, rap, opera, metal, gospel, musicals, TV commercials, etc.

During this interactive show the audience members get to holler at her whichever song they'd like her to perform and she will do it unaccompanied and from memory. Fo' realz. The madness culminates in a medley of audience requests that has been known to make a body laugh til they pee.

For video clips and reviews visit (and join!) her Facebook Fan Page at:
You can also find her on Twitter at: @HumanJukeboxGW

October 3, 2011

Rebecca Farivar

Rebecca Farivar is the author of Correct Animal (Octopus Books) and the chapbook American Lit (Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared in DENVER QUARTERLY, 6x6, Octopus Magazine, cold-drill, RealPoetik, SIR! and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from St. Mary's College of California and is a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. A California East Bay Area native, she currently lives in Bonn, Germany.

September 4, 2011

Matthew Caley

Matthew Caley's debut Thirst [Slow Dancer, 1999] was nominated for The Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was followed by The Scene Of My Former Triumph [Wrecking Ball, 2005].
His third collection Apparently was published by Bloodaxe in 2010 and featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. He has been Commended, 3rd and 2nd in recent National Poetry Competitions.

His work is included in Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets ed by Roddy Lumsden and The Picador Book Of Love Poetry ed John Stammers. He has read his work in venues across the county and abroad, recently at The Durham Book Festival, the 5th Novi Sad International Literary Festival in Serbia and The Aldeburgh Festival.

His ‘lost fin-de-siecle’ concept collection Professor Glass is published by Donut Press in spring 2011.

July 3, 2011

Iggy McGovern

Iggy McGovern was born in Coleraine and lives in Dublin, where he is Associate Professor of Physics at Trinity College. His poems have appeared widely in both journal and anthology formats, as well as in the “Poetry In Motion” series on DART trains. Awards include the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary and the Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry. A first collection, The King of Suburbia, published by Dedalus Press in 2005, received the inaugural Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry. A second collection Safe House is published by Dedalus Press in 2010.

June 5, 2011

Journal Keepers

Journal Keepers is a Prague-based collective comprising of singer-songwriter, Daniel Gallaha and a string quartet. The group played for the first time at Manchester's Night and Day Café on 22nd January 2009 and have gone on to play major festivals in Manchester and Liverpool in 2010 before moving to Prague.
Their name is taken from a much-loved Sonic Youth song, Skip Tracer. The group takes as much influence from Romantic classical music as music from the grunge and britpop bands of the early 1990s. Their anything goes approach means that the listener will be taken on an unforgettable ride that will cross genres as well as eras.

May 1, 2011

Anthony Marais

Anthony Marais is an American novelist, essayist and screenwriter. Born in Hollywood in 1966, he co-founded the LA pop group “The Squids” before moving to Paris in the late eighties. He studied anthropology at Berkeley and archaeology at Simon Fraser University in Canada during which time he traveled extensively throughout Polynesia and Micronesia.

Since 1995, he has lived in Germany where he is an active part of literary and cinematic circles, as well as in Poland and the Czech Republic.

His writing focuses on art, culture and delusions. This is his second appearance at the Alchemy Reading Series, and this time around, combining music, image and prose, he will read from a selection of short stories about Prague.

April 3, 2011

Vera Chase

Vera Chase, born in Prague, has been writing since her childhood, both in Czech and English (poetry as well as prose). Apart from appearing in various magazines, almanacs and newspapers both home and abroad, presenting her work at numerous readings and winning various prizes, she has so far published seven books:

  • a collection of poems and poetic prose pieces Tricet smrt celych jahoda (Thirty Death Point Strawberry, Jitro publishing, Prague, 2010),
  • a collection of short stories Maso a pomerance (Meat and Oranges, Mladá fronta publishing house, Prague, 2008)
  • a collection of poems and prose poems Štáva (Juice, Labyrint publishing house, Prague, 2001),
  • a collection of short stories Hypnoskop (Hypnoscope, Prostor publishing house, Prague, 1999),
  • a bilingual collection of poems Eyeberries/Bobule (published through Sanskriti Pratishthan thanks to UNESCO, New Delhi, 1999),
  • a fiction novel Vášen pro broskve (Passion for Peaches, Knižní klub publishing house, Prague, 1998) , the winner of the 1997 Book Award, and
  • a bilingual collection of poems and short stories Bodypainting/Telokresba (Protis publishing house, Prague, 1997).

March 6, 2011

D.E. Oprava

D.E. Oprava is an American writer who has been in over one hundred journals online and in print. He has three full-length collections of poetry: VS. with Erbacce Press 2008, American Means with American Mettle Books 2009, and his third, sole, with Blackheath Books 2010.

He holds a BA in International Studies, an MS in Political Science, an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction, and is completing a PhD in Poetry at Swansea University in the UK.

He has lived in ten US states and three European countries. When he isn’t writing he is trying to live up to the high expectations of husbandhood, fatherhood, and humanhood. Not necessarily in that order and occasionally succeeding.

February 6, 2011

Alasdair Bouch

UK singer-songwriter Alasdair Bouch has been living in Prague for over four years. His genre-defying original material encompasses rootsy alt-folk, melodic power-pop and blue-eyed soul, and his highly personal lyrics and impassioned delivery perhaps best earns it the description 'confessional blues'.

January 9, 2011

Dimitris Lyacos

Dimitris Lyacos was born in Athens in 1966. He studied Law at the University of Athens and Philosophy at University College London. His highly acclaimed trilogy Poena Damni (Z213: EXIT, Nyctivoe, The First Death), written over the course of eighteen years, has been translated into English, Spanish, Italian and German and has been performed across Europe as well as the USA. A wide range of interdisciplinary projects including drama, contemporary dance, video and sculpture installations as well as opera and contemporary music have been based on the trilogy.

The work has also become the attention of academic research, among others by the universities of Miami, Amsterdam, Trieste and Oxford. Excerpts have been published by numerous literary periodicals, principally English-speaking, throughout the world.

Lyacos' work both straddles and crosses perceived boundaries of literary form - from the journal-like prose in Z213: EXIT, to the elliptical monologues of the distinctly dramatic Nyctivoe, to the pared down poetic idiom in The First Death. Z213: EXIT, translated in English by Shorsha Sullivan, appeared recently in the UK by Shoestring Press.

For more information visit the author's site: